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Old 10-21-2018, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Central, TX
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Thank you so much for that insight. I don't want to rush it either. Want to get to know the city. From what I've found online, many rentals won't allow dogs, or there is a weight limit. Which is why we are even considering buying a home. Personally, I'd rather rent first. We did real estate/flipped homes here in TX for about 2 years, we learned a lot. We can see past the "upgrades or "ugly."
I think it's sad that the quality of homes is low on the list vs making a sale.
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Old 10-21-2018, 08:13 PM
 
Location: Des Moines Metro
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I know dogs are family, but you might consider leaving the dog with another family member, plus money for its care for the next 9 months or so.

I know it's hard to find a rental with a dog, so consider being dogless for a short time. In terms of finding a better rental, I can promise that you'll greatly increase your chances, and if you do find an understanding landlord, so much the better.

Sometimes landlords will be more willing to work with you on pets AFTER you meet them. Otherwise, it's a no pets unit because you are going to a college area where many students aren't all that responsible, but that isn't always cast in stone. I had my cat with me through college because I renovated a lot of homes for landlords. They got cheap help. (-:
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Old 11-14-2018, 12:46 PM
 
Location: Central, TX
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Anyone in Ames have a Realtor they can refer me to?
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Old 11-14-2018, 09:49 PM
 
Location: Az
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I tried to send you a message, but apparently my account is too new. Maybe tomorrow.


Lots of apartments that allow pets available now. Most apartments have Aug 1 to Aug 1 leases, to match with the school year. If you rent from one of the realtors that also does rentals, they will probably allow you to break the lease if you buy something. I would strongly recommend that you rent for at least a few months just to understand how the city works.
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Old 01-08-2019, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Central, TX
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Our daughter might be the only one moving. Too much to share right now.

So, I need help once again. Apartment complexes recommendations on where she should live? Difficult to just go by reviews on websites, yelp etc. She's not a party student (no, I'm not clueless lol) Of course, we want a safe environment, fast Internet, garage if possible, and of course CyRide close by.
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Old 01-09-2019, 07:18 PM
 
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The only thing i'm not looking forward to is the salt destroying vehicles; therefore my two pride and joys, or as my wife calls them, mistress 1 and mistress 2 will be inside the entire winter and spring until the roads are cleaned from a few spring showers.A-Aron
The trick to avoiding rust is to wash your vehicle on a regular basis during the winter. Don't use the automatic car washes because they usually do a terrible job. On a nice warm day when it is at least 40 F (which happen occasionally during the winter), find a manual car wash and wash not only the body, but also the underside, wheel wells, and wheels really well. I try to do this at least once a month.

For even better protection, clay and wax your vehicle twice a year (spring and fall).

The washing greatly helps, but if you do the clay and wax twice a year you will no problems with rust.
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Old 01-11-2019, 10:12 AM
 
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The trick to avoiding rust is to wash your vehicle on a regular basis during the winter. Don't use the automatic car washes because they usually do a terrible job. On a nice warm day when it is at least 40 F (which happen occasionally during the winter), find a manual car wash and wash not only the body, but also the underside, wheel wells, and wheels really well. I try to do this at least once a month.

For even better protection, clay and wax your vehicle twice a year (spring and fall).

The washing greatly helps, but if you do the clay and wax twice a year you will no problems with rust.
This is good advice. I never had an issue with rust on my cars when living there.
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Old 01-31-2019, 11:32 AM
 
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The trick to avoiding rust is to wash your vehicle on a regular basis during the winter. Don't use the automatic car washes because they usually do a terrible job. On a nice warm day when it is at least 40 F (which happen occasionally during the winter), find a manual car wash and wash not only the body, but also the underside, wheel wells, and wheels really well. I try to do this at least once a month.

For even better protection, clay and wax your vehicle twice a year (spring and fall).

The washing greatly helps, but if you do the clay and wax twice a year you will no problems with rust.
Clay and wax the undercarriage? Or just the body? Sorry, I just moved to Ankeny from Houston 3 weeks ago. I'm kind of learning these things as I go.
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Old 01-31-2019, 03:33 PM
 
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The washing once a month is good advice. I think age of the vehicle has a lot to do with rust as well. My almost 20 year old truck probably wouldn't hold up near as well as a newer vehicle. I really do need to clay and wax my vehicles. For the truck being almost 20 years old, and my car being 10 years old they still look danggggg good. I just don't have the patience, although living here in Texas the summers were wayyyyyy to hottttt to be outside longer than I wanted to be.

Aaron
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